This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.
It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.
A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.
A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.
An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display.
I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.
A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.
A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.
A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.
A selection of images for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Abstract.
Motion blurred trees.
Autumn tree trunks.
The motion blurred centre of a Coneflower.
A small section of a sunrise isolated with a telephoto lens.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold.
Here’s a selection of four cold winter shots covering the past four decades.
Frost and snow covered farmland near Audlem, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
A frozen section of marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.
A mostly frozen and snow covered Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Ontario, Canada at sunset in the 2000s.
A section of a frozen Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise taken in the 2010s.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy.
The prompt got me thinking about creepy crawlies, a term for insects and other invertebrates used by people who dislike or are afraid of them.
A portrait of a Horsefly. I find its eyes interesting although I dislike getting bitten by one. I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the eyes.
A Zebra Spider. Another species some people find creepy. It’s a small jumping spider, the jumping ability can add to the creepiness of it. It’s a common species in the northern hemisphere, this one was photographed in Cheshire, England but I have seen plenty of them in this part of Ontario, Canada. Once again I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the spider.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome.
I hadn’t come up with an idea for this challenge when I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise on Sunday morning. With some interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment I was hoping for some colour at sunrise. No colour ever developed so I started thinking about some monochrome conversions for the challenge.
I had taken my lightweight kit of a small mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. So I tried to make a set of three images, one with each lens.
A view of the bay with the wide angle lens.
A section of the shoreline and bay with the standard lens.
Isolating a section of clouds over the Niagara Escarpment with the telephoto lens.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double.
Three doubles from Ontario, Canada.
Two Sandhill Cranes.
Three doubles from Cheshire, England.
Two Pond Skaters making more Pond Skaters.
Two Fly Agaric.
Two Great Crested Grebes.